One of the stupidest ideas ever mooted is being mooted again today, with the suggestion that we have agreed to play the Ibrox club in an “international friendly” in Australia in November.
I sincerely hope that this is a joke or someone getting ahead of his or herself self and reporting on something that is a mere idea and not a reality.
But you know what? I have a bad feeling that this is true.
Celtic fans have zero interest in this ridiculous concept. There are thousands of teams in world football we can play in a friendly event abroad. If we’re going to Australia, then let’s set up games against their best sides.
Nobody at Celtic benefits from this at all.
What is the Ibrox club’s profile over there? Very little, if any at all.
Ours, on the other hand, has never been higher.
In terms of outright PR, they are the only beneficiaries.
It is their club which clings to ours like a drowning man grabbing at a life preserver.
Our so-called policy is to stand alone, so what in God’s name would the purpose be of “promoting” the two clubs as if we were one?
Celtic could play against literally anyone over there and fans would come to watch it because of the Asian players and the manager being a national hero. The money on offer for this might be decent, but I’d stipulate it’s chump change in comparison to the damage it will do to the relationship with the fans here at home.
For the sake of a few quid only Ibrox would actually benefit.
Why would we want to share that spotlight with them?
I’ve written about this enough times to know that Celtic fans do not want this to happen.
Celtic fans are dead set against it.
Celtic fans will be infuriated at the very idea, especially if it’s tagged an “Old Firm” game as it absolutely would be by those too ignorant of the politics of football over here to understand the connotations of that.
There is absolutely no merit to this idea whatsoever. None.
If people inside Celtic want to promote Old Firm Incorporated, they are employed by the wrong Glasgow side.
They should be at Ibrox where the idea is tied up with the Survival Lie and the understanding that without being able to promote a “rivalry” with Celtic their backward, redneck, bigoted shitkicker, “provincial West of Scotland club” would have no relevance or attraction to the outside world at all.
Do not do it, Celtic. Do not make this one of the running stories of the next nine months. It would be an act of gross stupditiy and an abject failure to listen to the wishes of the supporters. It would be an insult to all of us.